wildcat strikes

Class conflict and workers' self activity on the railroads: 1874-1895

The years 1874 through 1895 saw intense class struggle, much of it centering on the railroad industry. This struggle often took the form of working class self-activity, action organized by workers from the bottom up and carried out independently. Railroad workers did not wait for instructions or guidance from labor leaders, who often advised caution and conciliation with capitalists, but took action themselves.

Sparks wildcat in the face of pay cuts and legal threats

After Balfour Beatty force the cancellation of an official strike ballot, electricians walk out anyway.

Chinese police arrest strikers

Police in Shanghai have arrested around a dozen workers following ongoing strike action at an electronics factory.

Notes on Oakland 2011

A first-hand account and reflection on the events of November 2, where there was an attempted wildcat general strike.

On workers autonomy - Miguel Amoros

Brief remarks concerning the meaning of the word “autonomy” in the context of political struggles since the time of Marx, with special emphasis on the period of the Spanish Transition to democracy in the 1970s.

New Zealand: Vineyard Workers Go Wildcat

New Zealand: Vineyard Workers Go Wildcat

On Friday 22 July some forty contracted pruners and wrappers went on strike against our contractor, Kiwi Bunkhouse, Ltd.

Electricians protest against pay cuts - updates and discussion

Update and discussion thread about the UK-wide demonstrations and mostly wildcat strikes of electricians (nicknamed "sparks") against deskilling and pay cuts of up to 35% across much of the industry.

Here's why Washington longshore workers are so angry

A longshore worker faces off against police, 7 September

Violence erupted 7 September in a major labor dispute that has simmered for months at the Port of Longview, leading to work shutdowns at ports up and down the Washington coast. Why are members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) — and their supporters in Washington and Oregon — so upset about a grain terminal that employs just 50 workers?

Just a matter of gloves - Stan Weir

An account of a work stoppage over the issue of gloves being supplied in a factory.

Workers' autonomy strikes in China - Mouvement Communiste and Kolektivně proti kapitálu

Striking workers at Honda, Zhongshan, summer 2010

A pamphlet by Mouvement Communiste and Kolektivně proti kapitálu about the wave of strikes that swept the industrialised coast of China in the summer of 2010.